WASHINGTON, D.C. -

Former Senator and Russell, Kansas native, Bob Dole was honored for his efforts to solve global hunger.

It was part of a ceremony in Washington Wednesday. The late Sen. George Mcgovern was also honored.

The two worked together to expand the national school lunch program, which feeds more than 31 million children in schools.

Vice President Joe Biden presented Dole with the honor. The 90-year-old was in a humorous mood while accepting the award.

"You know if you live long enough you're going to get a lot of awards," Dole said. "Because you know they run out of recipients. So I come up about once a week and get an award that I don't deserve."

In 2002, Congress created the Mcgovern-Dole International Food for Education and Children Nutrition Program which has supported school children in 44 countries.